Review | Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

Diasehs Smashbox Studio Skin

Ladies, Gentlemen & Unicorns…I have stumbled upon another amazing product!

The Backstory | As a WOC (Woman of Color), I struggle with finding the correct shade of foundation. It has nothing to do with my color matching skills or the product price point. I have an orange/warm undertone. That leaves me with a dilemma most of the time. It is generally one of two things…My skin will look like I have on funeral home makeup, or I will look three shades darker for no reason. Nothing against having a tan but I need my face and neck to match so that I don’t look like a cakepop! I have been playing around with this new foundation for a month or so just to make sure I really like it…This one is A1!


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THE REVIEWS ON DIASEHS.COM ARE MY PERSONAL OPINIONS, AND NOT THOSE OF ANY ADVERTISER, COMPANY, AFFILIATE OR GROUP. IF THESE PRODUCTS PRESENTED WORK FOR ME, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY WILL 100% WORK FOR YOU. PLEASE READ ALL INGREDIENTS IN PRODUCTS BEFORE USE. THAT IS NOT JUST REGARDING THIS POST, BUT FOR ANY PRODUCT THAT YOU PUT IN OR ON YOUR FACE AND BODY. THANK YOU!

The Product | I PURCHASED this foundation from my local Ulta for $42.00 USD (excluding tax). I know some of you are saying…$42…I’m not spending that much on foundation blah, blah…etc. It is WORTH IT! I chose the shade 4.05, and that was an exact match for me.

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This product is available in 22 shades and has a very thin consistency. At first I was a bit thrown off. When you initially apply this product… it looks very dewy. After that, it settles into a natural/matte finish. Work quickly because it settles fast! This foundation passed the Beauty Blender Test! Most thin foundations get soaked into your beauty blender (Wet or Not). This one blended evenly and kept a nice finish all day. I don’t find myself looking oily throughout the day or worrying about looking like I just went for a run.

PS: You can layer this product for a medium to full coverage look. Let the previous layer settle before adding another one to prevent creasing.

The Rating |  ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Reason? Color, Finish, Longevity, Packaging & Cruelty Free!

I can’t give it 5 stars because no product is PERFECT, but for my skin…it’s pretty close!

Bonus | First time shopping on the Smashbox official site? Use this code ‘SBX15A’ for 15% off of your first order! This offer expires January 1, 2017.

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Review | Younique Products

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I think every woman who wears makeup goes through that periodic search for their new staple product. Majority of the time it is a foundation, primer or mascara. If you are not willing to admit to this…that’s fine, because I will. I am GUILTY, and I’m perfectly ok with that.

Let me give you a small breakdown of my personal makeup struggles when it comes to finding a good staple product:

  1. I have tiny lashes! Both my parents have beautiful, thick, long eyelashes. Somewhere down the line…someone messed up the cycle. That’s fine because I have found a way around this. Thank you for lengthening mascaras!
  2. I have an orange undertone. Now this is not really a struggle until it comes to foundation. I love the color of my skin! However, many makeup companies leave women of color with my same undertone in the dark. Majority of the foundations that I come across that claim to be a “warm” shade are the right color in the bottle, but are either too dark when dry or make me look washed out. Due to this, I have become a Mixologist!
  3. I have combination skin, and this is common for many women. My nose, forehead and chin (T-zone) are more shine prone throughout the day than the rest of my face. I have to find products for my face that balance everything out. Oil-free on the label does not always cut it.

Now that I am off of my soap box…Let’s get down to business shall we?

I was contacted by a Younique Products Presenter by the name of Jennifer Rougeux, and was asked to review some products for you all!

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Younique’s Touch Mineral Foundation in Cypress – $39.00 USD

Younique’s Liquid Foundation Brush – $32.00 USD

When I originally opened the product package I was surprised. Not only by the construction of the bottle, but because Jennifer chose my correct foundation shade based on pictures alone (That doesn’t happen often). The top to the bottle is a long dropper.

PLEASE SHAKE/PALM ROLL THIS BOTTLE AND SQUEEZE THE DROPPER BEFORE USING IT!

The product will be extremely watery if you don’t…We don’t want that. The texture of the foundation after this is very light weight, and goes on smoothly. Despite the thin consistency, this product is buildable, and afterwards you won’t have a thick cake face. For those who love the “No Makeup-Makeup” look this is perfect, and is buildable for those who want that extra glam.

For the finer applications, the Younique Liquid Foundation Brush is perfect. The bristles are extremely soft and glide around corners easily. When I want more of a full coverage I use this brush first just to get the product right where I want it, then play double dutch with my  Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. For heavier applications, the Younique brush slid around a bit too much for my liking, but that’s just me.

Shine test approved! I am Event Coordinator, and there are times when I am working for 17 hours straight…I put this foundation to the test, and I had a fresh face all day!


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Younique’s Touch Mineral Concealer in Cypress – $29.00 USD

This concealer is FULL COVERAGE & WATERPROOF. I was a bit skeptical at first, due to the tube being so tiny, but it does the trick. To put this product to the test, I covered half of my wrist tattoo with it. Those of you with ink know it takes a lot to cover a black ink tattoo!

| Full Coverage Test |

One layer of concealer was applied directly to the tattoo. No primer. No orange corrector. This was less than a dime size circle of product! I applied this product with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in a dabbing motion.

| Waterproof Test |

Using the same application from the previous test, I let warm water run over the product for 2 minutes consistently. This concealer did not budge at all. I am sticking with this one for sure!


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Younique’s Glorious Face & Eye Primer – $39.00 USD

This is hands down my new favorite primer! I am a big fan of clear gel primers. They glide on with ease, and help your makeup go on so smoothly. A little bit of this product goes a long way. Do not cake it on or your face. If you do, your face will end up feeling slick, and your makeup will not stay where you want it to. Just a little bit does the trick!

Now I will say this, if you plan on using a cream based shadow…do not use this on your lids. The product will not adhere to your lid properly. For pressed shadows it is perfect, and it helps the shadow show in its truest color.


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Younique’s Splurge Cream Eyeshadow in Splurge – $26.00 USD

I wasn’t exactly sure how I felt about this shadow at first. This shadow is in a spongy cream form. I wouldn’t exactly call it a shadow…it’s more like a lid “highlight” or “shimmer”.  I used this color by itself and it came out like a light cream shade and glitter. I tried using it on top of one of my pressed shadows and fell in love with it. It made the color pop! You can also use this product on the inner corner of your eyes. It catches the light very well. If you are doing a bronze/beachy look, then this is your go to!

Bonus: Here is a makeup look I did using this shadow! Eyeshadow_Younique

All Products: Vegas Nay’s Grand Glamour Lashes by Eylure, Buttery by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Self Made Palette) as a base, Puree by Too Faced (Sweet Peach Palette) as a transition color, Summer Yum by Too Faced (Sweet Peach Palette) as an outer corner transition color, Metallic Plum by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Self Made Palette) as a crease color, Treasure by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Self Made Palette) on the lid, Elegant by Younique on top of TreasureIsla by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Self Made Palette) on the lower lash line smoked out with Blue Velvet by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Artist Palette), Expresso Micro Brow Pencil by NYX and Carbon Black Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced on lower lashes.


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Younique’s Stiff Upper Lip Stain in Saucy– $22.00 USD

Story time! When I was a little girl, my mother used to let me play in her makeup, and I loved her red lipstick. Of course being a kid, I was not allowed to wear makeup. I found a sweet alternative in red popsicles. I loved the tint that it left on my lips, and that was my “makeup” for the few hours that it lasted. So I have always been a fan of red lip tints. They are sultry, but subtle enough for any occasion. I love this lip stain because it does not dry my lips out, and that seems to be a big problem with most tints. The product is thin, but it’s not runny. It literally looks like ink…and it should!


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Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ – $29.00 USD

This mascara comes in two parts. The longer tube is the Transplanting Gel, and the shorter tube contains the Natural Fibers. The goal is to achieve long, natural looking lashes, and this gets the job done. However, there is a trick to it. The product directions say to coat your lashes with the gel then apply the fibers while the gel is still wet. After this, go back over the fibers with the gel to seal them in. You can repeat these steps until you have reached the look that you are going for. I do things a bit differently. I apply one coat of a regular lengthening mascara (Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara) FIRST, and then I use this mascara. The results are magical!

The first image is with no mascara, the second is with one coat of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and the last is with 2 coats of the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+.


Interested in these products? Want to see what else Younique has to offer?

Contact Jennifer Rougeux!

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Fall 2015 — Wearable Makeup Trends

For every season there are always the classics, but at the end of Fashion Week everyone loves to see the common bond among the collections. Some of the makeup from the runway was a bit out there, but with the right products, are attainable.

One that you might not expect to see in the Fall is Peachy/ Rosie cheeks!

               NYX rouge cream blush tickledMAC wash and dry hipnesstarte shimmering peach Airblush Maracuja Blush  

Product Information (Left to Right):

NYX’s Rouge Cream Blush in Tickled– This blush is very sheer, but it packs a lot of power! SHIMMER…SHIMMER…SHIMMER!!! I wouldn’t recommend this color for everyday wear. This blush is perfect for a night out on the town. It gives a bit of a dewy effect, so it’s perfect for catching the light in any room. You can amp this blush up with a seductive smokey eye, or be a fresh face with a neutral lip, and a bit of your favorite mascara.        

Price: $6.00 USD (BARGAIN)


MAC’s Powder Blush in Hipness– A warm peach/coral blush with a beautiful satin finish. This color is extremely pigmented, and is from MAC’s Wash & Dry Collection Remember a little goes a long way! This color may appear matte at first glance, but it has a hint of shimmer that’s just perfect. It is very similar to Orgasm by NARS. If you have oil skin, and are worried about your blush lasting…this is perfect for you!    

Price: $24.50 USD


Tarte’s Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Peach– This cream blush is on the lighter side as far as color is concerned. It is a very light peach color and is very long lasting. With that being said, if you are of a lighter complexion…then this blush may be perfect for you! Of course that does not rule everyone else out. This blush has the ability to be an AMAZING highlight because it is so light in color, and it is very sheer. 

Price: $26.00 USD

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Beautiful example of a peachy blush on Naomi Campbell for the Zac Posen Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear.


Gold, bronze, silver, sparkle and shimmer plagued the runway in the best way possible this year. Four of my personal favorites this year are Anna Sui, Mara Hoffman, Tadashi Shoji & Zac Posen!

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If you are thinking about some of this glitz and glam to your makeup collection, these products may be perfect!

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Product Information (Left to Right):

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze– 5 highly pigmented shadows that can be used day or night. This shadow brick doubles as a beautiful highlight! 

Price: $46.00 USD


Smashbox Mini Palette in Full Exposure I would recommend this tiny palette for beginners or the best of makeup artists! The gorgeous shimmers are paired with neutral shades that are perfect for everyday use. 

Price: $24.00 USD (BARGAIN)


MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in A Glimmer of Gold This quad can help create that hint of glimmer in a fresh face look or the “WOW!” factor for a sultry, smokey eye! 

Price: $46.00 USD


Bonus! What beautiful eye would be complete without lashes?

Lashes can compliment the most simple of looks or add drama to a beautiful creation!

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Product Information (Left to Right):

MAC’s Lashes in 43– These lashes are perfect for a night out! They have a bit of space in between, and this adds the perfect amount of contrast and drama.

Price: $17.00 USD


Velour Lashes’ Mink Lashes in It’s Sho Fluffy! These very fluffy and fluttery lashes can be worn day or night due to the fact that they are so wispy. I love that the lash lengths vary across the band! — Follow them on Instagram! @velourlashesofficial

Price: $35.00 USD


Last, but certainly not least….LIPS! This Fall is all about the barely there nude lip & very vampy shades.

Tips for Nude Lips!

  1. When trying to find your perfect shade..the key is to think NUDE!…N-u-d-e….naked…close to the color of your LIPS…not your SKIN! If you pick a lipstick that is the color of your face you will look washed out and..well… just strange.
  2. What’s your undertone? This is very important because there are some nudes that are more on the cool side, and some may appear more warm. If you feel like you look better in more cool colors: blue, light green and purple, then you may have a cool undertone. If you feel like you look better in warmer colors: red, orange and yellow/green, then you may have a warm undertone.
  3. If your able to swatch your favorite options…take a picture! A picture will let you see what really suits you. A picture with a flash will help determine if the shade is too pale for your complexion.

Tips for Vampy Lips!: 

  1. Vampy lip colors can be a bit high maintenance, so choose wisely. If you are going out to eat with the girls, then this may not be the best bet. If you do, choose a long lasting lip color.
  2. Use a good lip liner! Many brands release a lip liner that matches the lipstick of choice or one that compliments. This will keep your lips looking nice and not smudgy.
  3. Once again, be aware of your undertone, and use it as your guide.
  4. Be careful with shimmery lipsticks. A bit of shimmer is ok for the right occasion, but too much shimmer can make classy look trashy very fast!

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Product Information (Left to Right):

Dolce&Gabbana’s Voluptuous Lipstick in True Monica 40- Please do not confuse this color with Nude Monica 20 (very pale color). This lipstick has a satin finish and is highly pigmented. 

Price: $35.50 USD


MAC’s Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Rare Breed- This color is part of the Haute Dog Collection for Fall 2015. This is my favorite out the nude selections! It is very natural with a hint of pink. This lip color is very nice with or without a lip liner.

Price: $23.00 USD 


Clinique’s Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Delovely- This color will glide across your lips with ease! This may be a lipstick, but it has the appearance of a gloss. If you are going for a fresh face look, then this is the perfect lipstick!

Price: $17.00 USD (BARGAIN)


Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Vampira- When you think of a classic vampy color…this one should come to mind. This color really makes a statement! Caution: Please exfoliate your lips prior to wear! If you have chapped lips your mouth will look like a brick road. You must have a good foundation to work with!

Price: $21.00 USD (BARGAIN)


MAC’s Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Labradorable– This luscious color is also included in the Haute Dog Collection for Fall 2015. This is a beautiful berry shade that is a good match for almost every skin tone! This color is somewhat sheer, so this is a go to for daytime or nighttime wear. 

Price: $23.00 USD


NARS’ Audacious Lipstick in Liv- This dark plum shade is truly sexy! I would recommend a liner for this color. You will get your money’s worth with this lip color. It is one swipe to perfection! This is a truly opaque color.

Price: $32.00 USD


This Fall, try new things, and embrace your beauty!


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